Researching my genealogy and reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s latest book about the American Revolutionary War can lead me in all sorts of directions. This is fascinating. Waterbury Connecticut to Clinton New York at the very western edge of the American frontier – they were my ancestors. And really not all that long ago. Brave frontier men and women creating and carving the American dream out of the wilderness.
Gravestone Moss May 21, 2016
I’m not sure how you could identify this gravestone in Lancaster Massachusetts as marking the burial place for John Priest, my 7X Great Grandfather. The grave marker dates from the early 1700’s. Think of the weathering due to 300 years of New England seasons. There is a certain visual and symbolic beauty to the stone.
Captain William French March 16, 2016
Captain William French came from England to America at the age of 32 with his wife and 4 children. They sailed on the Defence on July 18, 1635 They settled in Boston/Cambridge for a few years and later moved to Billerica.
cementery in Billerica where Capt French was buried in 1681
Tracing Another Immigrant February 4, 2016
My 10th great-grandfather Sir John Drake was born in England in 1585. At age 45 he sailed for America on the “Mary and John” and landed at Nantasket just north of Boston. He became a Freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Later he settled in the area just north of Hartford. He died in 1659 and is buried in Palisado Cemetery In Windsor Connecticut.
My 8X Great Grandmother = Hanged As A Witch January 26, 2016
It is rather a shattering discovery regarding one of my ancestors my 8X Great Grandmother.
Henry Ingalls, 1586-1648 October 3, 2015
Henry Ingalls – buried in the Old North Parish Burying Ground. Andover Massachusetts
I wish I had been able to visit this cemetery when I was in New England. Henry is just one of my many ancestors buried in New England soil. He was my Great Grandfather. His father, Edmund Ingalls, was born in Lincolnshire England. He left England for America arriving in Salem in 1629. He resided in Lynn from that time until his death in 1648, age 62.
How many other ancestors came to America in the early 1600″s? I intend to try to find them and to establish their circumstances when they made the decision to emigrate.